An architectural answer to integrating people
´The KBcenter is a new space for cultural and social interaction dedicated to the Slovenian community in Gorizia. It is located in the hart of the 19th century development of the city, on the main street of the town. The centre gathers 13 organisations, d
edicated to different cultural interest and age groups. Among others, a Library, two Educational Institutions, The Slovenian cultural and economical Association and The Music school. The main goal is the promotion of the Slovenian cultural activity in a f
ramework of a respectful multiethnic society.
The project consist of a functional renovation of an existing building, as well as of a new two storey building for the Library, located in the interior courtyard. The form of the new building deals with th
e issue of the dialogue between a historical presence and the contemporary architectural language, within the physical constrictions of the historical city. The choice of the façade materials, synthetic wood and large glass surfaces, was made to favour a
delicate insertion (the existing buildings are at a distance of only 5 meters). The whole building was thought as ‘a large piece of furniture which slides on the courtyard floor', in order not to break the intimacy of the courtyard self and of the garden
. The large windows are acting as program displayed, and are favouring the visual inclusion of the refurbished garden in the daily activities of the Library. The large glass surfaces are fixed so that framework is reduced. The natural ventilation is happe
ning through some large panels hidden in the façade cladding. When they are closed one can notice them only because of the stainless steel line acting as railing. The façade materials are treated as a complete surface without frames, sometimes provoking a
n ambigous reading. From a certain distance the glass surface appears to be heavier than the wood. >From a close up, the large glass surface reflects the garden and the life around, and almost disappears.
All pictures: KBcenter, G
Architect: Waltritsch a+u, Trieste, Italy
|Type||curtain /back-ventilated facades|
|Colors||shades of brown|